The Asom United Democratic Front, NCP, CPI, CPM leaders are holding a crucial meeting in the city of Guwahati on Saturday to finalise the seat sharing deal for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll in Assam slated for April 16 and 23.
The third front constituents earlier this month decided to strike the deal seeking a non Congress and non BJP government. Notably, the move for a third front came up as AGP started its confabulations with BJP. Several rounds of talks held earlier failed to hammer out a set of clear cut strategies but these parties have finalised thier seats and candidates.
The death toll in the Dhupdhora truck-winger collision has gone up to 11. Eight people including Singer Sumanta Mahanta died on the spot. The others succumbed to their injuries after they were rushed to the hospital. The incident took place at Dhupdhora on the National Highway when the Guwahati bound winger carrying a 15 member cultural troup collided its head on a speeding truck which later managed to flee from the spot.
2 workshops on "Citizens as Journalists & the power of New Media" at Udalguri and Kokrajhar on August 23-25 and August 28-30 respectively are being organised by Assam Times Foundation in association with All BodoStudents Union.
The journey of journalism began with pamphlets. But gone are the days. The advancement of science and technology has brought a sea change in the entire realm. The proliferation of media in the biggest ever democracy on this planet hardly finds any echo of public voice. Northeast India is sandwiched in between simmering armedconflict and conspicuous ignorance by those in the distant Delhities where media is a booming business these days.
But it has some dark aspects. Politically motivated news seems to have been teeming with some corners of the entire sector, at times, raising doubts over the sanctity and sincerity of a section of media people. Prevalent technology empowers youth-citizens to practice journalism, represent it and bolster social-political change by setting regional and local agendas for the otherwise ailing perceived mainstream.
With the above as backgrounder the Assam Times Foundation (ATF) intends to conduct a workshop on Citizens as Journalists & the power of New Media.
Interested persons are requested to contact the organizers or local ABSU offices at Udalguri and Kokrajhar.